Even though it takes a lot more time than going out and purchasing cards, or even typing up a holiday letter, I do my best to make my holiday cards each year. This feels especially important for those friends and extended family members with whom I exchange cards instead of gifts. Regardless of the amount of money spent, I know that the time, energy, and thought that went into each piece will always be appreciated. This time of year – especially while many are still suffering the effects of a recession – it really is the thought that counts!
It usually takes about a week, because I tend to curl up on the couch and work on them in the evenings, though I know if I were more dedicated I could probably get things done in 2-3 days. I start by writing down all of the names of the people on my list (this year I have cards going to 28 different people/households), and then I scour the internet for ideas. Each card is unique and one of a kind – and I try to design them with the person they’re being sent to in mind.
Here are a couple more shots of the finished products!
I’m sure as I get older and busier, and have more cards to send out, I probably won’t always be able to find the time to hand-make every card. But at the moment this is one of my favorite ways to get into the Christmas spirit every December. And I was hard at work all weekend finishing this year’s batch so I could finally pop them in the mail. (Last year I was late enough with a few that they could technically have been considered New Year’s cards…)
So as far as the rest of my To-Do list goes…
Shopping: Check! Cards: Check! Tree: Check!
All with one week to go! It’s quite possible I’ve never been this organized about a holiday in my life. Time to finish decorating the tree, and relax :) Maybe I’ll even bake some cookies!
Which card design is your favorite? Do you send out Christmas Cards or do a Holiday Letter? Store bought, or hand-made? How many people are on your list this year?